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Offline B. Blaze

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Everdrive GBA Features Request
« on: October 11, 2016, 04:46 AM »
I just would first like to say thanks to Krikzz for continuing to develope and further improve the Everdrive line of flashcarts.  :)  Luckily I have an Everdrive GBA x5 on order from SAG which should be arriving sometime soon in the mail.  Anyway enough rambling and on to the heart of the matter.  I'm wondering if there is enough logic left in the FPGA of the EDGBA x5 for Cheat support and/or support for save-states.  I'm not trying to demand these features be added to the OS, but merely respectfully requesting?  :)  Of the two I would like to have Cheat support more so, if for the fact of not having to mess with GBAATM and hope that it works heh.  Anyway thank you again Krikzz for making the EDGBA x5 a reality.  :)

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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 05:28 PM »
those will probably be features in the x7 if it ever comes out.
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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2016, 09:25 PM »
Oh well!  If it comes out, great, if not then at least I'll have a copy of the best GBA flashcart currently on the market.  Mine should be arriving either this week or next from SAG.  Depending on if/when the EDGBA x7 comes out and depending on what the price/specs are, I may end up getting an x7 also if the added specs justify the increase in price.  Anyway thank you for the reply and thank you Krikzz for this awesome flashcart!  :)

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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2016, 08:00 PM »
I think cheat support is a matter of time, for Save States I really don't know if it's even possible.
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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2016, 11:13 PM »
As far as features go for the EDGBA x5, it's pretty much perfect, although I wouldn't complain if we get cheat support eventually.  Save-states would be nice, but I wouldn't be too bummed out if it's not possible, at least as far as the x5 goes.  I received mine in the mail today, and look forward to messing around with it.  I already have the OS and backed-up roms ready to go, so all I need to do is wait a little bit for my AGS-101 to recharge.  Thank you to everyone who has replied so far and again to Krikzz for making an excellent line of flashcarts!  :)

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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2016, 07:46 PM »
Cheat support properly will have same problem as SD2SNES in game compatibility issue

savestates will need alots more memory, currently X5 doesn't have and downside GBA has no reset command/button, so no loading savestate
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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2016, 09:36 PM »
-GBA cart size (no sticking out)
-Native hardware GB/GBC support (not emulation)

^This is really all I need. I don't mind even losing the RTC support.

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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2016, 10:20 PM »
Assuming Save States could access and save to the MicroSD. You would have a larger source of memory for it?

How do they do Real-Time save states on DS flashcards? Assuming that technology is different than on GBA architecture, and could not do real time save states in the same way? Does it need a special chip for that? Or is there software methods (slower)?

GB/GBC support native just isn't going to happen. That's why they have an EverDrive made specifically for Gameboy stuff.

I have read reviews discussing how the everdrive GBA PCB could be shrunk down. But at the same time that would probably open up more space at the 'top' to also be able to add other features such as solar, or motion sensor on an extended PCB. However, that would be very expensive, and would there even be that big enough of a demand for extra features like that?

https://gbatemp.net/review/everdrive-gba-x5.489/

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I have seen comments stating that the EZ-Flash IV can be bought for less and doesn't stick out - both of these statements are true. The EZ-Flash IV places ICs on both sides of the PCB, which let the EZ-Team stuff everything in a GBA-sized cartridge. The EverDrive GBA X5 has them only on the front side of the PCB instead which is cheaper to manufacture but bigger. So the answer to the question of why is the ED GBA X5 not placing components on both sides of the PCB is obvious: to keep costs low. Krikzz is a small indie developer and gets his flashcards produced in small batches. That makes them way more expensive to make than what you could pay to get them mass manufactured in China. Krikzz is also working on a new naming convention for his flashcards: X3, X5 and X7, which respectively mean "budget", "mainstream" and "premium" cards. As you can notice, the EverDrive GBA X5 is a "mainstream" card which might be the reason why he went for placing the ICs on just one side of the PCB instead of both - it also seems that an EverDrive GBA X7 will be released sometime in the future. We can speculate that one of the features of that premium card will be a shorter PCB with both sides fully populated - but you can expect to pay a steep premium for that.
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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2016, 01:59 AM »
I'm just curious. How would a GB/GBA cart function correctly with components on the back side? The PCB has to sit flat against the back piece or it won't fit properly into the cart slot, doesn't it? I'm not doubting it's been done, I'm just curious HOW it was done so it still works. Does the back half of the shell shaped to fit around the components in some way?
« Last Edit: October 19, 2016, 02:03 AM by adimifus »
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Re: Everdrive GBA Features Request
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2016, 04:06 AM »
I'm just curious. How would a GB/GBA cart function correctly with components on the back side? The PCB has to sit flat against the back piece or it won't fit properly into the cart slot, doesn't it? I'm not doubting it's been done, I'm just curious HOW it was done so it still works. Does the back half of the shell shaped to fit around the components in some way?

The back half of the shell shaped to fit around the components.